Johan Santana and the Atlanta Braves have the same thing in mind heading into opening day. They'd both like to put last year behind them.
After an extensive recovery from shoulder surgery, Santana is set to make his first major league start in 19 months Thursday when the New York Mets begin life without Jose Reyes by hosting a Braves team coming off a near-record collapse last September.
''I'm very happy,'' Santana said. ''It's finally a great feeling, to be back and be with these guys from the beginning. That's very important and huge for me.''
The two-time Cy Young Award winner won't have to face Chipper Jones - marking the first time since 1996 that the Braves will field an opening-day lineup without him. The switch-hitting slugger and longtime Mets nemesis, who recently announced his plans to retire after this season, misses out on a chance to take aim at Citi Field's shortened fences because of a left knee injury.
Jones, who turns 40 this month, is on the 15-day disabled li...